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Brows have been in the spotlight for quite some time.  I blame that mostly on Instagram and the prevalence of the ‘one eye’ makeup pictures where brows are more often than not, filled in and groomed beyond ‘perfection’ and pores have been completely erased. Not everyone one has the skills or patience to get picture perfect selfie brows, so it’s good when you find products that can get you the look you want in a few easy steps.  Today it’s all about the Stila Stay All Day Brow Gel + Brush.

Stila Stay All Day Brow Gel and Brush

I’m going to start by saying that the claim of “All Day” in this product name is a bit of a misnomer. Had this product been called ‘Brow Perfecting Gel’, It would have easily gotten 4.5 out of 5 stars for packaging design, ease of use and range of color.  However, my expectation  of the “all day” wear, only allowed me to rate it 3 out 5 in terms of product claims for longevity. But, I do love the Stila Stay All Day Brow Gel for the reasons highlighted above.

The tube is designed with a angled well at the tip to hold just the right amount of brow gel to get you your desired brow look.  One problem I’ve had with brow gels/waxes in jars or pots is that they tend to dry out long before I get to the bottom.   The tube packaging on the Stila Stay All Day Brow Gel eliminates this problem. Included with the gel is a scalloped edge angled brush with a spoolie attachment that makes application easier than finding a pore eliminating app in the App Store.

The consistency of the gel makes application easy, and when used with the angled brush, it latches on to the tiniest brow hairs and instantly increases the brow volume and color depth.  The brow gel is available in 5 colors: blonde, caramel, medium brown, dark brown and black.

Stila Stay All Day Brow Gel
Wearing Stila Stay All Day Brow Gel in Dark Brown [No filters or Apps Used. 🙂 ]

I wear the dark brown shade and it’s a couple shades lighter than my hair.  It’s the perfect color for me. I get about 5-6 hours of wear with the Stila Stay All Day Brow Gel during the summer and about 8 hours when it’s cooler.  I can extend the wear by adding a little of this product in my brows. I love the packaging and the brush, but I’d like to see an improvement in the formula (you know, to be more ‘All Day’).

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a Stay All Day (i.e. 18+ hours) brow product, this is not it.  However, If you want an easy to use brow product that will latch on to tiny hairs and give you perfect selfie-ready brows in a few steps, then the Stila Stay All Day Brow Gel is an excellent option. It also helps that it’s packaged in a container that won’t dry out.

The Stila Stay All Day Brow Gel + Brush retail for $34 and are available here.

What’s your favorite brow product?

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Designer: Rebecca Minkoff


Stylist: Jeanie Syfu for TRESemmé

Inspiration: Like the collection, the runway hair was ethnic-inspired. More specifically, Rebecca was stricken by a vintage photo of Bianca Jagger in Mexico. This led to her thinking about the very strong and stylish Mexican woman, Frida Kahlo. Syfu used these inspirations to translate Kahlo’s iconic braided up-do into a modern, textured, intentionally imperfect style.


Get the Look:

  1. Prep damp hair with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse and rough dry.
  2. Create a messy zig zag part from hairline to nape and clip to separate.
  3. From the heavier side of the part, create another zig zag section behind the ear and clip, creating three sections.
  4. Back brush hair for texture and fullness and create a ponytail in each section, positioned just behind the ears (two on one side, one on the other).
  5. Tease lengths of hair and spray lightly with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray.
  6. Create a four-strand braid with each ponytail and fasten with an elastic.
  7. Wrap braids around the top of the heard, tucking the end of the braids under and fastening with bobby pins.
  8. Finish with TRESemmé Fresh Start Color Care Dry Shampoo for a matte, undone look.

At Home Tips: It’s an easy, intentionally messy look, so, don’t aim for perfection. You can try it with a three-strand braid rather than four, tie it in knots, or even twist it. It’s one of those styles that looks best on second day hair. No need to use any curling irons, it’s about texture and braiding.

Fall Hair Trends: Straight, flat ironed is where the industry is going. Syfu is over beachy waves. It’s about a clean slate of hair with shine.



Manicurist: Michelle Saunders for Essie

Inspiration: What would Frida Kahlo wear on her nails today? Mexican folk art! ‘Tart Deco,’ a bright creamy coral by Essie is the “hero color” of the look, and it is embroidered with Day of the Dead-inspired skulls, flowers and dots on random nails using Essie colors ‘Licorice,’ ‘Blanc,’ and ‘Butler Please,’ a blue that was actually inspired by the color of Kahlo’s house.


Fall Nail Trends: Texture in the form of nail art, as well as a lot of matte, glitter and 3D. Nails continue to be an extension of fashion and nail art is bigger than ever.



Makeup Artist: Sarah Lucero for Stila

Inspiration: All about the beauty of nomads exploring the Mexican desert with a dash of punk rebellion. The palette? Warm Navajo neutrals. Not to mention, brows that wow!


Products Used:

  1. Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color
  2. Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Deep Burgundy (Available Spring ’14)
  3. Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Dark Brown
  4. Kajal Eye Liner in Tigers Eye
  5. In the Know Eye Shadow Palette
  6. Convertible Color Lip & Cheek in Camellia

TTBTip: Be a Brow BelieverDon’t be afraid to boost your brows in a natural way. Shade and fill in where you need to using tint, stains, or pencil.

For more of my everyday shenanigans, find me, Lauren (aka @inawordfab) on TwitterFacebook and Blog.


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Designer: Trina Turk

Nails: Julep

The scoop:  As her first time debuting at New York Fashion Week, Trina Turk channels California modern with a look that has rich colors and lush textures.

The look: Chic greiges on the nails and toes, using shades Whitney and Toni.  Finishing off with the new Freedom Polymer top coat to give it high shine and a fast dry time.

Makeup: Stila Cosmetics

The look: Warm oranges and browns on the eyes and face to reflect the California Modern inspiration in the clothing.

Products used all Stila cosmetics:






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Designer: Alice and Olivia

Key Makeup Artist: Sarah Lucero

Makeup: Stila Cosmetics

Inspiration: A romantic renaissance look with bronzed eyes and a bold lip.


Stila All Day Foundation and Concealer


In the light eye shadow palette

Metal eyes foil finish shadow in Bronze


Stay all day waterproof brow color


Custom color blush in self adjusting bronze


Stay all day lip vinyl gloss in merlot


Hair:  Morrocan Oil

Inspiration: Romantic and feminine with a rockstar edge.


Hair How-to:

  • Part hair down the middle
  • Braid each side in opposite directions
  • Finish by wrapping the braids around the head securing with bobby pins.


Nails: NCLA

Nail Shades used:


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Sexy — I think almost everyone that celebrates Valentine’s Day wants it to be sexy. But sexy is defined differently for everyone. For some it’s a vampy red lip, for others it a saucy, ankle flattering stiletto. . . well, here’s my personal sexy protocol & the items that make me feel, ahem – in the mood.


Set The Mood


The latest collection from NEST — Sultry — is a smoldering collection of three mood igniting candles. The Sultry collection is deigned to rev up “the olfactory pleasures of consumers looking to set the right mood and ambiance for their late night activities, whatever they may be.”   The collection includes:

One O’ Clock: Luminous notes of wild orchid, night-blooming jasmine and frangipani flower are layered over a blend of exotic woods, black pepper and vetiver. ($34)

Two O’ Clock: Cedarwood and a soft suede accord are blended with bergamot and enhanced with a spicy mélange of cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon bark. ($34)

Three O’ Clock: Precious essence of Mysore sandalwood is entwined with subtle nuances of smoldering embers, black amber and frankincense. ($34)



To narrow down the choice of bubbles, I called up my local wine shop, Total Wine, West Orange, NJ and spoke to Lee.  I asked for four bubbly options — two champagnes, because you can’t beat the authenticity and romance of  champagne and two choices that sparkle but are easier on the pocket. Lee’s suggestions are below: 

Montaudon Extra Dry – A blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. It’s a very elegant and fruit forward champagne. A lot of citrus character and a wonderful texture that really coats the entire palate. Montaudon harvests their own fruit as well as sources many of the top name Champagne Houses in France. ($34.99)

De Margerie Grand Cru Brut – This is my favorite Champagne in the $30-$50 range. 90% Pinot Noir. It leaves a long, long finish of cherry flavor on the palate. It has a toasty texture that, like the Montaudon, really explodes in your mouth. It’s produced by Georges Vessellle and harvested from the Bouzy region of Champagne, one of the most celebrated regions in France. ($37.99) 

Francois Montand Blanc de Blanc Brut or Extra Dry – Both are made with 100% Chardonnay and have a very nice creamy texture. They are some of the best values in the store for sparkling wines since they exhibit much of the same characteristics you’d get in an actual Champagne.  ($12.99)

Jaillance Cremant de Bourgone – This is a unique blend for a Sparkler, using three grapes of Burgundy, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gamay. It has almost a Sauvignon Blanc quality to it with its citrus fruit and bright acidity.  The chardonnay is very apparent in the creamy texture. ($14.99) 



What would Valenine’s Day with carte blanche to indulge in chocolate?  This year, it would be just another Thursday. Try Edward Marc’s  Valentine’s Day box and harness the power of cholcolate’s aphrodisiac qualities. Each heart shaped offering is filled with an assortment of the companies best selling chocolates that feature a “truly global flavor profile; including nuts from the coast of Africa and the Middle East, coconut from the tropics, and luscious creams and caramels made with milk from America’s dairy farms.” ($35)



Dress the Part


No matter what you find sexy, you will find something suitable at Adore Me. Adore Me is trendy online lingerie club that offers a unique personalized shopping experience, and affordable lingerie for women of varying shapes and sizes. ($39.99)


I love cleavage – toe cleavage, that is. Dress up your lingerie with classic pointy pump with a slight twist. This Charles by Charles David pump has a low cut top that shows a bit of toe cleavage and works for just about everyone. This shoe will elongate even the shortest legs and the four inch heel will instantly  tone and define calf muscles. If you are going bare-legged, check out this post and scroll down to Dr Dennis Grossman’s Alpha Beta Glow Pad with Vitamin D. ($98)




There is something very sexy about understated jewelry, especially if it conveys a message and the Sydney Evan Gold and Pave ring says it all. ($438)

Body Care

Get touchable soft skin with LaLicious Sugar Kiss Collection of body care products. The line include a Souffle Scrub ($34,) Body Oil ($24,) Whipped Body Soap ($18) and Body Butter ($25.) All products are formulated with all natural ingredients and use citrus, rose, and vanilla essential and fragrant oils to deliver a delicate, sweet aroma. The body oil and the whipped body soap are my favorite…both are formulated with coconut oil, a natural antioxidant. It penetrates multiple layers of the skin to provide superior moisture and protection.


The glow of love is real. But often not so visible to those who see us every day. These products are designed to work with your body’s chemistry to amplify your beauty and create a shade that is uniquely you.

Stila Self Adjusting Blush

Stila Self Adjusting Blush is a pH-based powder that reacts to skin tone and individual pH of the wearer to create a perfect personalized shade. The blush delivers velvety, luminous, flawless finish. ($20)

 Color Awakening Lipglow

Dior Addict Lip Balm contains Color Reviver technology that responds directly to the unique chemistry of each wearer’s lips before releasing its color ingredient. Lips are instantly moisturized and appear full and radiant. The lip balm contains wild mango, luffa cylindrica and SPF10 to provide continuous moisture and protection. ($32)

There you have it, my version of ‘sexy.’

What are you getting into this Valentine’s Day?

Leave a comment!

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Strike gold with ThisThatBeauty this award season — Here’s our glitzy product roundup inspired by Golden Globes!


BY TERRY Ombre Blackstar in Beyond Gold

Go for the gold in a single stroke with this silky, glimmering gold eye shadow stick. The waterproof formula won’t smudge or smear, and the narrowed, precise pencil tip glides on smoothly for perfect day-long color.

Price: $43, Available at SpaceNK.com

Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Eldorado

Get golden, gilded and glamorous with one swoop. Create red-carpet worthy (dare we say award-winning) eyes that won’t budge even after countless acceptance speeches. The slim 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner pen features an ultra-fine, easy-to-control brush tip made for newbies and pros alike to draw razor-thin lines, winged cat eyes, or thick, bold chromatic lines of color.
Price: $18, Available at Sephora, ULTA, Macy’s, Sephora.com, Beauty.com, ULTA.com and UrbanDecay.com

Biolage ExquisiteOil Replenishing Treatment

Just think of this as your magic golden potion. ExquisiteOil Replenishing Treatment is a versatile serum infused with Moringa Oil Blend. This ultimate potion gives hair instant shine, nourishment and control. Throw in your purse for an instant frizz fix and to keep your style smooth all night. It can also be used as a pre-shampoo smoothing treatment, a restorative solution for dry midlengths and ends, an overnight treatment to replenish extremely dry strands, a post-shampoo detangler, a thermal protectant or an additive to customize any Biolage treatment. It’s an all-in-one for awards show prep necessity.
Price: $22, Available at fine salons, please see www.biolage.com for locations

Oscar Blandi At-Home Salon Glaze

After every hair color service at the Oscar Blandi Salon, clients are treated to a shine enhancing, color-preserving glaze. Now you can bring the salon to you with Oscar Blandi’s latest innovation that reinvents the same experience at home. Nourishing plant emollients and a protecting paraben-free formula enrich hair with lustrous conditioning and a clean silky touch, leaving it with a shine as bright as a Golden Globe award. When used weekly, this clear glaze prevents color fading and adds moisture, brightens natural & color treated hair and protects hair from heat damage.
Price: $27, Available at www.blandiproducts.com and www.Ulta.com

Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Bronzing Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Add a hint of golden tint with this one-step beauty balm designed to prime skin and simultaneously provide a natural, sun-kissed glow. The paraben-free formula contains SPF 30 protection and is ideal for all skin types. It’s infused with innovative microspheres shown to hide skin imperfections and diminish the appearance of wrinkles.

Price: $38, Available exclusively at Sephora

Stila Jewel Eye Shadow in Golden Topaz

You can also shine like the celebs at the Golden Globes this year with one of Stila’s popular Jewel Eye Shadow shades – Golden Topaz. This eye shadow leaves your lids glistening like jewels and deposit a sequin-like effect. The perfect blend of pigment, binder and shimmering pearl delivers a weightless wash of buildable color. Transparent talc delivers excellent color release and binding oils ensure adherence for all-day wear.

Price: $20, Available at StilaCosmetics.com

Khloe’s Khroma Beauty Kardazzle Palette

Complete Face Palette

From Khroma Beauty – the Kardashian sisters’ new cosmetics range – everything you need for your red carpet moment is in one stylish, compact kit. With multiple shadows, blush, bronzer and all over shimmers, this tiny dynamo will have you looking Kardashian fab in minutes.

Also Available in “Kim’s Kardazzle” (silver) and “Kourtney’s Kardazzle” (pink)

Price: $12.99 (launched in November 2012), available at UTLA

CARGO Lip Gloss in Sahara

This shimmering gold/nude lip gloss adds the perfect amount of glitter to achieve an award winning look. Its moisturizing, long lasting formula and compact size makes the gloss a beauty staple; perfect worn alone or on top of your favorite lipstick for a shiny effect.
$14, Available at CargoCosmetics.com, Ulta, Ulta.com and Beauty.com


GODIVA Gold Ballotin

For the sixth consecutive year, GODIVA will be the indulgence of the night for the stars at the Golden Globes. The classic GODIVA Gold Ballotin boxes with the signature gold ribbon will enrobe the tables and celebs will enjoy GODIVA lounge donned in decadent Belgian chocolate at the In Style and Warner Brothers Golden Globes Party. Let GODIVA be the star of your upcoming Globes party and nosh on celebrities’ favorite chocolate – GODIVA.
Price: $30 (19pc). www.GODIVA.com.


While watching the Golden Globes this Sunday, toast to your favorite films and actors with these glamorously gilded cocktails from SKYY Vodka.


2 oz SKYY Vodka
1 oz Lemon Juice
0.25 oz Red Raspberry Vinegar
5 red Grapes
Gold Sugar

Muddle all ingredients except the vinegar. Shake and strain in to gold sugar rimmed martini glass. Add vinegar.


2 oz SKYY Infusions Citrus Vodka
1 oz Triple Sec
¾ oz Amaretto
1 oz freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
½ oz Simple Syrup

Mix ingredients in mixing pint over ice. Shake vigorously and strain into pilsner-style glass and garnish with Lemon Zest.


Drink tea in style with DAVIDsTEA’s Glitter & Gold flavor to warm up any viewing party.

Chinese black tea, sugar crystals, gold sugar balls, vanilla, orange peel, cloves, natural and artificial flavoring.



Tassels, Holdbacks, Ribbon, Trays, Tumblers, Glasses and more.

  • Ceramic Bird Tassel – Black & Gold ($95)
  • Parchment Check Ceramic Holdback – Gold ($160)
  • Parchment Check 1″ Ribbon ($28)
  • Parchment Check Serving Tray – 25″ ($325)
  • Tango Tumbler ($75)
  • Tango Wine Glass ($75)

Come back tomorrow to see what we have planned for the Golden Globes on Sunday!

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Turkey has been consumed, food coma followed, folks got trampled for Black Friday deals but now it’s time to sit back and let your fingers do all the walking.  It’s Cyber Monday, girls…so you know what that means. Digital deals galore. Get clicking!


DEAL:  H2O Plus Blockbuster Bestsellers Bag that contains 11 of H2O top selling products. A $72 value now $26.50
WHEN: Cyber Monday to the end of the holiday season (while supplies last)

Elemental Herbology:

A professional and home spa skincare range, Elemental Herbology combines bio-active ingredients with sophisticated technology and luxurious plant oils to create high performance, nutritious skincare

DEAL: Free Shipping on all order $40 and over plus free shipping

DEAL: Gift with purchase on all orders over $100 plus free shipping.

WHEN: Cyber Monday until 12/21


John Masters Organics

A luxury beauty line that treats the Earth with respect, John Masters Organics is dedicated to producing a full range of skin, hair and body products made with organic and wild-crafted ingredients from all over the world

DEAL: 25%  off the entire collection of all natural products. Use Code: HOLIDAY12

WHEN: Now until FRIDAY, 12/21


*Does not apply to the 35 oz. size products


Based on the scientifically founded teachings of Sebastian Kneipp, these holistic body care products work naturally using plant essences and other pure ingredients

DEAL:  Buy 3 full size herbal baths and get one free.

WHEN: Cyber Monday until  11/29

WHERE: www.kneippus.com

Shu Uemura

DEAL: 20% off plus free shipping on all orders over $50. Enter Promo code WISH2012 at checkout

WHEN: Cyber Monday through November 27th


Mally Beauty

DEAL: 25% off all face products with code 25FACE. Email subscriber receive 25% off all items online.

WHEN: Cyber Monday

WHERE: www.mallybeauty.com/cyber-monday

Votre Vu

DEAL: Free shipping on all orders + Free French accents mascara with every purchase

WHEN: Cyber Monday

WHERE: www.votrevu.com


A luxurious French-based line offering an innovative skincare collection worldwide, NUXE uses natural botanical active ingredients to deliver effective results for their customers


WHEN: Cyber Monday



DEAL: $25 off all purchases $100and up with  Promo Code: CYBERMONDAY

WHEN: Cyber Monday

WHERE: www.murad.com


DEAL: AHAVA will offer a FREE Extreme Night Treatment ($72 value) with orders over $40 with code CYBERTREAT

WHEN: Available exclusively on Cyber Monday (Monday, November 26th)

WHERE:  http://www.ahavaus.com/


DEAL: 50% savings on select luxury items

DEAL: 30% on beloved bliss and Remede bundles and sets,

DEAL:  20% on a selection of Bliss, Remede and Elemis products

WHEN: Offer valid November 23rd – 27th

WHERE: www.blissworld.com


DEAL: Shop the online version of Stila’s coveted LA Warehouse Sale. Enjoy deals of up to 80% off.

WHEN: Offer valid Monday, November 26th – Sunday, December 2nd

WHERE: www.stilacosmetics.com


USDA Organic line of skincare products. See my review here.

DEAL: 50% off all Nourish Products using promo core “CYBER” at check out

WHEN: Cyber Monday

WHERE: www.NourishUSDA.com

Super Goop

DEAL: FREE “Stocking Stuffer Kit” ($24.50 value) with every purchase over $40.  Inclusive of Supergoop!

WHEN: Cyber Monday


Mineral Fusion

DEAL: 20% off of the entire site PLUS free shipping on all orders  over $50

WHEN: Cyber Monday to November 30th



DEAL:  Shoppers who spend $100 will receive $20 off their purchase

WHEN: Cyber Monday

WHERE: www.beautybar.com

DEAL: All WrinkleMD products will be 20% off, and shoppers will receive free refill patch treatments with any WrinkleMD purchase

WHEN:  Cyber Monday until  November 30th

WHERE: www.beautybar.com

Dr. Dennis Gross

DEAL: 20-30% Off Jumbo Sizes

WHEN: Cyber Monday

WHERE: www.dgskincare.com

DEAL: Friends and Family receive 25% off with code FF2012

WHEN: Cyber Monday to November 27th

WHERE: www.dgskincare.com

DEAL: Free Vitamin D Serum – Oil with purchase of  $50 or more. Use code Cyber12

WHEN: Cyber Monday

WHERE: www.dgskincare.com


DEAL: FREE mark fashion and beauty gift set (valued at $72) with any $40 or grater. Use code MKCYBER

WHEN: Cyber Monday

WHERE: www.meetmark.com


DEAL: 25% off all orders, and a special *gift with purchase* for orders over $200!

WHEN: Cyber Monday

WHERE: www.LovelySkin.com

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care

A holistic skin care brand among discerning consumers and celebrities, Dr.Hauschka Skin Care is comprised of 100% natural products that are formulated with only the highest botanical and mineral ingredients 


WHEN: Cyber Monday



DEAL: $100 off purchase of Tria Hair Removal Laser and Skin Perfecting Blue Light products. Use the discount code SHOP100

WHEN: Cyber Monday to November 27th


21 Drops

A thoroughly modern experience in aromatherapy that empowers, inspires and balances for a healthier, more creative way of living

DEAL: Free shipping n all orders



Nobody looks forward to a Thanksgiving food coma more than I do (Ok, maybe you do but we will never know).  I am usually lulled to sleep earlier than usual only to wake up in the wee hours of the morning with pie crumbs around my face and nothing much to do. A few years ago I started checking out online Black Friday deals because I was never moved to rush out into the cold craziness that is traditional Black Friday shopping. This year, I’ve rounded up some great beauty deals that can be had online on Black Friday and beyond. I have also included deals from other sources that may not be a complete zoo on Black Friday. So, grab your nice little list and let’s go stimulate the economy!


DEAL: 75% off Behind the Scenes Eye Primer/Shadow Duo plus Serenity Eye Shadow single pot. Selling for $10 retail value of $40!

WHEN: Black Friday

WHERE: Sephora and Sephora inside JCPenney


DEAL: Stila Merry & Bright Palette and Lip Glaze Set

WHEN: Available exclusively on Black Friday (Friday, November 23rd)

WHERE:  Exclusively at Sephora for $10

DEAL:  Buy one, get one free promotion on the Jingle All the Way Travel Palette. The palette contains a Convertible Color and six stunning eye shadows for creating wintery looks or a bold smoky eye in a matter of minutes.

WHEN: Black Friday

WHERE:  Stila Cosmetics Facebook page



DEAL: Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color Collection for $49 (a $140 value)

WHEN: Available exclusively on Black Friday (Friday, November 23rd)

WHERE: www.UrbanDecay.com

DEAL: Smoked Palette + FREE Double Ended 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set for $49 (a $77 value)

WHEN: Available exclusively on Black Friday (Friday, November 23rd)

WHERE: www.UrbanDecay.com


DEAL: 25% off and free shipping using promo code “GREEN” at check out

WHEN: Black Friday, November 23rd

WHERE:  www.NourishUSDA.com


DEAL: 30% off all Vapour products (except samples) using promo code blackfriday12 at check out

WHENBlack Friday – Cyber Monday: 

WHERE:  www.VapourBeauty.com


DEAL: $25 off any $100 purchase with code BLACKFRIDAY

WHEN: Black Friday

WHERE: Murad.com


DEAL: 20% off orders of $50 or more. Enter the code FRIENDS2012  at checkout.

WHEN: November 21st – November 26th)



DEAL40% off all Lumene products!

WHEN: Black Friday, November 23rd

WHERE: Walgreens and Walgreens.com


DEAL: 29 brands are participating in a gift with purchase in store and online, including top brands Jo Malone, Clarisonic, Smashbox, Clarins, Jimmy Choo, Prada and more!

Here are some examples of the offers:

  • With an $85 Kiehl’s purchase, receive Crème de Corps, Clearly Corrective, Rosa Artica Lightweight and Rosa Artica eye in a Kiehl’s pouch, both online and in stores
  • With your $75 Estee Lauder purchase, receive deluxe size samples of Estee Lauder ‘Re-Nutriv’ Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Crème and ‘Re-Nutriv’ Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Eye Crème. Gifted items are up to a $78 value, available both online and in stores
  • With a $350 La Mer purchase, receive Crème de La Mer, The Eye Concentrate, The Regenreating Serum, and The Cleansing Foam, both online and in stores
  • With a $125 YSL purchase, receive a small pouch, Paris TOA, Noir Radical Mascara, Forever Youth Eye Cream 3ML, Gommage 15ML, and a Forever Youth Liberator Serum 1ML, both online and in stores
  • Additionally on Black Friday, Nordstrom will have Buy 2, Get 1 Free Nail Polish deal valid online and in store on November 23rd (while supplies lasts): Purchase two nail colors from Deborah Lippmann, butter LONDON, THE NEW BLACK or Nordstrom Nail Color and receive a third polish (of equal or lesser value) from the same brand FREE!
WHEN: Black Friday
WHERE: Nordstrom and Nordstrom.com


DEAL: AHAVA will offer 40% off site-wide with code BLACKFRIDAY

WHEN: Offer valid November 21st – 25th

WHERE:  Ahavaus.com


DEAL:  Bath & Body Works Black Friday VIP Bag  includes everything below  and is $20 with any $40 in-store purchase (over $100 value)

  • Cashmere Glow Body Lotion 8 oz
  • Cashmere Glow Shower Gel 10 oz
  • Paris Men’s Shower Gel 10 oz
  • Paris Amour Body Lotion 8 oz
  • Sparkling Pink Champagne Anti-Bac Foaming Hand Soap
  • Mini Candle in Cranberry Bellini
  • Gauze Sponge

WHEN: Black Frday

WHERE: Body Shop Stores



DEAL: 50% savings on select luxury items!  Also, save 30% on beloved bliss and Remede bundles and sets, and save 20% on a selection of Bliss, Remede and Elemis products

WHEN: Black Friday to Cyber Monday

WHERE: Blissworld.com



drugstore.com will be offering Facebook exclusive offers to all fans. The deals extend across all categories and will be revealed at random each day leading up to Black Friday. On Black Friday, the number of deals offered will increase in both number and value.

26 total deals; 4 deals per day Mon-Thurs, 10 deals on Friday

Deals range in value, lowest $0.99

A progress bar on the app lets people know how much time is left on each deal and when the next one will be revealed

All deals are stackable

All deals are Facebook exclusive

WHEN: Throughout the week of November 19th

WHERE: drugstore.com; Check out the brand’s Facebook page for the exclusive offers


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Red lips. Bold. Daring. Captivating.  And so many choices that your head may spin trying to choose one.  The level of comfort when wearing a red lip varies from person to person, some feeling confident in a full coverage, matte, fire engine red shade, while others prefer a sheer wine-colored  hue that can simply give the look of subtle elegance.

To help ease some of this red lip anxiety I have rounded up a variety of shades that run the gamut from intense and bold to delicate and sheer.  For hard core makeup lovers out there, consider this an exercise in a red lip wardrobe – with something for everyone and for all occasions.

Red Lipsticks with Slight Blue Undertones

Shades such as these often look great on cooler skin tones. Note that you can have a cool skin tone even if you have darker skin.  A sure fire way to figure out if you are a cooler skin tone is if you look good in silver jewelry.  The geeky science side of me also suggests looking at your veins, and if they have a blue-ish cast, you are a cool skin tone. If you burn easily  when in the sun, you have a cool skin tone.  Simple!  Celebs that have a slightly cooler skin tone: Madonna, Drew Barrymore and Reese Witherspoon.  Consider trying the following:

Lip Tar in NSFW

Lancome Rouge Love in 181

MUFE lip liner in  8C


Red Lipsticks with Orange Undertones

With colors that have a strong orange base, women who have a warmer based skintone often wear these the best.  A warmer skintone has a golden or more yellow undertone and typically looks great in gold jewelry.  If you tan when out in the sun then you have a warm skin tone. Another way to determine is again to look at your veins and they should have a more green cast to them – beauty is a science, see?!  If you have this skin tone, you are in good company with Jennifer Lopez, Megan Fox and Beyonce.  Here are some great choices:

Estee Lauder in Red Velvet

MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger

YSL Liner #10

Tarte Lip Stain in Cherry


Burgundy Red Shades of Lipstick

These shades are often a great option for warmer skin tones to wear in an effort to lessen the intensity of a red lip.  Shades with a slightly brown undertone, can often be a great choice for easing your way into a bolder lip.  Below are some great options to achieve a beautiful burgundy pout for Fall:

MAC Liner in Mahogany

CSL Gloss in Confident

Nars Lipstick in Autumn Leaves

Berry and Wine Shades of Lipstick

For those ladies who have a cooler undertone, and want to tone it down from a serious red lip, a nice bordeaux or berry shade is a perfect way to add some color to your look without feeling over the top.  Perfect for the office or an evening out, there are so many different finishes and textures for everyone to find their perfect berry lip.  I have rounded up a few winners from this category:

MAC Liner in Quartz

Stila Lip and Cheek Stain in Cherry Crush

Dior Addict Extreme in Paparazzi

Bobbi Brown Creme Matte in Razzberry


A bolder lip is best complimented with a neutral eye and natural cheek, allowing for the color to stand out and not compete with anything else.  Since wearing more intense shades often means more maintenance, my advice is always to line the lips first around the outer edges, and then use the liner to lightly fill in the rest of the lip.  Apply your preferred red hue with a lip brush so there is more control and finish with a quick blot on a tissue to remove any excess.  I sometimes dust my lips with a bit of translucent loose powder to provide even more staying power, but only when wearing matte lipsticks.  For a step by step tutorial, read Felicia’s post here to see how the beauty glamazon herself applies a red lip.

Fall is in full swing and the holidays are fastly approaching, so the time is now to get your red lip game going!

What are some of your favorite reds you wear – share in the comments below!  And even better than sharing?  Showing!  Upload a picture to Instagram and tag it #TTBRedLip to show us how you wear yours!

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Variety is the spice of life – and this is never more applicable then when talking about eyeshadows. Wearing the same combination or look every day is something to which I am quite averse. With so many options availabe – why choose one when you can have ten?  Palettes are the chosen tool that artists use to mix colors when designing their masterpiece, so, I apply this same principle to my eye makeup. The challenge is finding a palette where each and every color is usable and none are deemed the dreaded “accent color,” which is code for “too ridiculous to wear.”  A long admirer of Stila’s cosmetics, the accessible and wearable range of colors found in the line “In the Garden” palette was a perfect example of this theory in practice.

At first glance, the palette seems quite varied in its shades, but as soon I began working with it I realized that each and every color seems to meld perfectly with the next.   Over the last few weeks I have found myself reaching for this palette over and over again, knowing that I can achieve any look I want.  Night or day, work or play –  Stila’s “In the Garden” palette  has proven to be worthy of becoming a staple in my makeup routine.  Let’s take a closer look at the colors:

Spanning the color wheel from neutral to vibrant, this palette offers a little bit of everything. Each shadow does have a slight shimmer but plays to a more subtle, glowing effect rather than a disco inferno on your lids.  I find the color payoff to be a perfect balance between a sheer wash or when used with a slightly heavier hand, a vivid pop of color.  The versatility of this palette truly comes into play with the ability to wear the shadows either wet or dry.  The piece de resistance of this palette has to be the super soft eye pencil in a smoky dark grey with flecks of gold that perfectly complements any look created.

The “In the Garden” palette is available at Sephora or Stila’s website, and retails for $39.00.







The weather wasted no time going from cool to sweltering! How has your makeup been holding up?…did your beauty routine survive the first heat wave of the season? No?. . . well, our Pro Artist Contributor, Brandalyn Fulton shares a few makeup artist tips for great skin and eyes in the blazing heat! Feel free to leave questions and comments below.

This video features:

Stila Stay All Day Beauty Balm, $38.

Revlon PhotoReady Foundation, $10.49.

IMAN Luxury Translucent Powder, $20.99.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream, $22.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner, $ 20.

FACE atelier Facade, $ 26.

Rosebud Salve, $6.

Feel free to leave your comments, questions, and concerns about summertime makeup below!

BRANDALYN’S PRO ARTIST MAKEUP TIP: Keep makeup light for the summer and use water resistant/waterproof products! Always wear SPF  to protect your skin.

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I love a perfectly winged eye, but hate when the line fades after just a few hours of wear….leaving an unintended rocker/grunge look behind…womp womp!

With Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner I love that the the crisp clean winged line that I create at 7:00AM is the same perfect edge on my lid for 6:00PM press events. There’s nothing more unfortunate than a Beauty Girl showing up for an event with runny eye makeup….

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner allows me to apply super sexy cat eyes with ease. The line is sharp, rich, lasts all day and does not transfer to my lid. The proof is in the pudding — This pic were taken at home after an 8-hour day of running around the city. My skin is super oily in the pic so you can kinda tell that it really is end of day..or maybe you’ll just have to trust me 😉

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My dear dear friend and professional makeup artist mentor, James Vincent, shares his top 5 beauty product musts. Let’s prep our shopping list, shall we?!

Embryolisse, Lait-Crème Concentre

The makeup artist must have and cult favorite is perfect for any skin tone and skin type and keeps the skin looking refreshed and revived.”



My secret weapon for HD or everyday photo. It prepares the skin for foundation and makes makeup last all day while feeling like there is nothing there. If I could let my clients bathe in it I would.”

Yves Saint Laurent, Touche Eclat

A must have for every woman and every artist. This product is one of my favorite tricks for bringing light to the under eye and lifting and opening up every eye.”

Kevyn Aucoin, The Sensual Skin Enhancer

A little goes a long way with this foundation that can give light to full coverage and always look like skin.”

Stila Cosmetics, Convertible Color

Perfect for a natural flush or a fashion forward blush, I love this on the apple of the cheek or the cheekbone. My trick is to use some before foundation to give the illusion that the blush is glowing from beneath the skin.”


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